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Subject: Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (9 - 12), or Mathematics (7 - 12)
Title: Wildlife Math-Enhancing mathematics in the career/technical classroom and providing relevance in the mathematics classroom
Description: This integrated lesson is the result of collaboration between Chip Blanton, a wildlife management teacher, and Greg Pendergrass, a math teacher (Ft. Payne High School). Learning to manage wildlife requires an understanding of planting food plots, creating areas for cover, and providing water. Students learn to use the math skills required to calculate the number acres and the cost of fertilizer and seed needed in food plots and sanctuaries. Given a certain amount of land students decide what part of that land they are to plant and maintain for deer, quail, turkey, rabbit and forestation.


Subject: Mathematics (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Water Tank Creations Part I
Description: In this lesson students will study the surface area and volume of three-dimensional shapes by creating a water tank comprised of these shapes. Students will work in groups of 4-5 to research water tanks, develop scale drawings and build a scale model. Teacher will evaluate the project using a rubric and students will assess one anothers cooperative skills using a rubric.


Subject: Mathematics (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Creating a Water Tank - Part II "Selling the Tank"
Description: Working in groups of 4-5 students will take the information,pictures and 3-D model of the water tank they assembled in Part I of Creating a Water Tank and develop a web page and a video presentation. The web page will be a tool to advertise their water tank construction company and must include hyperlinks and digital pictures. The video presentation will be a "sales pitch" to a city council. The web page and video will be scored using a rubric. The web page and video must include the surface area, volume and cost of construction.


Subject: Mathematics (9 - 12)
Title: Area and Perimeter of Various Polygons
Description: In this lesson students will be engaged in an interactive online practice session using area and perimeter. Students will have to use critical thinking skills in order to unlock gates and learn more about the cups in the challenge.


Subject: Mathematics (7 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Let’s Tessellate
Description: This lesson is a hands-on, technology-based project that will take place in the classroom and computer lab. Students will discover which regular polygons tessellate the plane by constructing polygonal tessellations. Students will also use a spreadsheet to calculate the area and perimeter of the polygons.


Subject: Mathematics (8 - 12)
Title: Scale Drawings
Description: During this lesson students practice measuring and converting to scaled measurements. Students measure various places on campus, such as a classroom or the gym. They place their findings on a spreadsheet. After converting these measurements to a scaled version, students draw a scaled model.


Subject: Mathematics (6 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Golden Ratios of the Body, Architecture, and Nature
Description: Students will study the golden ratio as it relates to human body measurements, architecture, and nature. Students will use a desktop publishing program to create a poster. The poster will have digital photos of themselves, architecture samples, or nature examples. Students will also include a spreadsheet with the lengths, widths, and length/width ratios of the samples included in the photos.


Subject: Mathematics (6 - 12)
Title: Swimming Pool Math
Description: Students will use a swimming pool example to practice finding perimeter and area of different rectangles.


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Subject: Mathematics
Title: Soda Cans      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible activity sheet, from an Illuminations lesson, guides students through a simulation in which they try different arrangements to make the most efficient use of space and thus pack the most soda cans into a rectangular packing box.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Scale Factor      Add Bookmark
Description: This student interactive, from Illuminations, allows the user to investigate the changes in area and perimeter when the side length is doubled, tripled, or quadrupled.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Getting into the Electoral College      Add Bookmark
Description: In this unit of 3 lessons from Illuminations, students are engaged in activities involving percentages, ratios, and area, with a focus throughout on building problem-solving and reasoning skills. They are designed to be used individually to fit within curriculum being covered at the time of an election. Additionally, the lesson extensions include many ideas for interdisciplinary activities and some possible school-wide activities.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Mathematics
Title: Discovering Pick's Theorem      Add Bookmark
Description: This reproducible worksheet, from an Illuminations lesson, leads students through an investigation of Pick's Theorem using geoboards.
Thinkfinity Partner: Illuminations
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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